Young people are now waiting two years longer to enter the workplace than two decades ago, bringing the average age for a person to start their first job up from 16 to 18, according to a new report by the Resolution Foundation, a think tank. 

Experts are warning that, by waiting longer to start work, young people could be doing permanent damage to their career prospects

So will the 2020s spell the end of the Saturday job? And, what are the consequences of waiting longer before you work? 

Only one in four teenagers aged 16 to 17 currently has a job, the report found. Twenty years ago the figures were double that, with half of this age group in work. 

The total number of working age adults who have never been employed is now 3.4 million – a 50pc jump over 20 years.

This article suggests that by choosing to wait longer before starting earning, young people may also be delaying other important moments in their lives – reducing their capacity to afford to buy a home or have a child, but this doesn't appear to be backed up by evidence. It looks like opinion dressed up as fact. 

Nevertheless. It's not helpful for employers that their young recruits are even less prepared. Now the learning curve that employers must move their early career cohorts through is even stepper.

What to do?

  1. Give feedback on strengths and development areas as part of your assessment wtih tips on how to work on those. 
  2. Invest in pre-hire development software as part of your pre-boarding strategy.
  3. Set up work experience programmes for young people to help them and help your long term pipeline at the same time. 

Yes this is a problem on the face of it but it can help you if you respond with action and look for win win all round.